Teaching Squares

What are Teaching Squares?

  • Teaching Squares is a program designed to help you gain insights for improving your teaching.
  • The four faculty in a square visit each other's classrooms during the course of one semester and meet to discuss what was learned from their observations.
  • This program consists of reciprocal, non-evaluative observations and self-reflection based on peer feedback.
  • Teaching Squares are offered in both face-to-face and for online courses.

What are the benefits of Teaching Squares?

  • Try new instructional approaches and receive feedback.
  • Gather ideas from your peers for improving your own instruction.
  • Work with instructors across colleges, departments, and disciplines to strengthen teaching and learning

What is the Teaching Squares commitment?

  • Participate in a kick-off meeting and meet your Teaching Squares peers.
  • Participate in three reciprocal observation rounds. Each round will take approximately two weeks. You will teach, observe, and provide feedback during each round.
  • Participate in a Teaching Squares group sharing session at the end of the semester.


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Teaching Squares Online

teaching squares onlineThe Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is offering a Teaching Square experience aimed at online teachers. 

With Teaching Squares for online classes, classroom observations would be different. You would share a course site that you are currently teaching or perhaps taught last summer, as you consider how you might redesign things before teaching it again. Normally in a Teaching Square, each faculty member would be observed 3 times by a peer in the Teaching Square. For online observations, the peers in your square would have access to your course site, but they would look at the site for different elements for the three observations. For the first observation, they might look at general online appearance, course navigation, and student orientation to the course, etc.  The following observations would focus on different course design features. An observation sheet would be provided to participants for each round to focus the feedback. For each round of observations, you would observe one other person in the square.

If you would like to participate in Teaching Squares for Online Classes, please complete the application form. Once we have four people for a square, we will coordinate a meeting to get the square started.

For more information on Teaching Squares, please visit our CAE Teaching Squares Program website.

For more information about face-to-face Teaching Squares, please contact Susan Colby at colbysa@appstate.edu.

For more information about online Teaching Squares, please contact Derek Eggers at eggersdc@appstate.edu.